Case File: General Wayne Inn
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Description: The General Wayne Inn is a pre-Revolutionary War two-story structure once used as a restaurant.
History: Martin Johnson is the innkeeper of the General Wayne Inn, who claims that there have been several strange occurrences that have happened at the inn. One incident occurred in 1987, when a valet walked passed a parked Cadillac outside that suddenly started blaring its horn and the windows wiping, but there was no explanation why. Martin claims that one ghost goes down the bar seats and blows on the backs of the girl's necks.
Dave Rogers, a former maitre de, claimed that he saw a decapitated head in the kitchen for just a second. Another employee, Alice Glormy was walking through the dining room and heard someone began calling her name before seeing the apparition of a frightened soldier on the stairwell who disappeared. Jay Robert Manty, a local historian, was able to find that the same ghost that Alice saw had been seen over a hundred years earlier. Psychic Michaeleen Maher was sent to the inn to investigate the hauntings. A psychic named Paula Roberts also went to the inn and claimed that she saw a soldier hiding only a few feet from where the other witnesses saw the ghost. During a local Halloween newscast about the inn one night, a number of regular patrons went to the bar. As the story began, the picture on the TV mysteriously began turning clockwise and continued to turn clockwise until the segment was over; this has never happened to the TV before or since. It never happened to any other TVs in the neighborhood. Many people at the inn are certain that ghosts haunt the place, and that they will continue to haunt the location.
Background: The General Wayne Inn opened in 1704, and is reputed to be the oldest functioning inn in America. Ben Franklin, George Washington, Edgar Allen Poe, and many more famous people have stayed at the inn through the years.
Investigations: Local historian Jay Robert Manty found that the ghost that Alice had seen was the same apparition seen over one hundred years ago at the inn. In 1848, an election took place at the inn, and a woman went down to get some more ballots when she saw a soldier in a green uniform. This same soldier has been seen numerous times in the basement by the wine cellar. Parapsychologist Michaeleen Maher went to the General Wayne Inn to see if she could determine if the sightings were genuine. Michaeleen believes that something unexplainable is going on, but she isn't certain if it is ghosts or not.
Extra Notes: The case was featured as a part of a Halloween episode that aired on October 26, 1988.
The General Wayne Inn was recently the scene of a murder featured on America's Most Wanted; their coverage of the case also briefly mentioned the haunting activity.